zambiland wrote: I always tell my students to concentrate on playing chords, especially triads, rather than scales. Scales are static and when you are running up and down scales you aren't really going anywhere. Chords, on the other hand, always state a harmonic context and give you a sense of where you've been and where you are going.(...) So, banish scales from your mind and think chords, win friends, influence people and get all the chicks!
mgbills wrote:Can any of you offer the simplest pathway for the transition from scales/modes to "Chord of the Moment." I've been study with 2 great jazz players for a couple of years on & off, and I'm really having a hard time keeping solo's melodic while following the triads. I also haven't come up with a great strategy for keeping the chord of the moment in my cluttered mind. One jazz guy says "think of each chord as a scale." I found that helpful, but again...it can lead down the trail to scale runs. Boring. I agree.
I also have an ever-increasing knowledge base of ...playing by the numbers. But this moving into a harmonically pleasing or tension building chord of the moment strategy is kicking my ass.
Any great books? I'd settle for more tidbits! I'll work with the triads for sure. How does the varying 7th fit?
Love this topic. It's right where I'm struggling.
mgbills wrote:Can any of you offer the simplest pathway for the transition from scales/modes to "Chord of the Moment."
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